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Sunday Wash-Up 19th July

09-07-19a liz noise, Pier fountain Welcome to my Sunday Wash-Up. This post is for all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, due to work or other commitments.

It is quite simply a collection of interesting writing based web pages that fluttered past me recently. Most links have come from Twitter and if these little tweeting birds had elegant plumage, then whilst they perched on my desk, I quickly added their roosting details my list.


Print-On-Demand Will Save You Money
Joanna Penn, has completed her acounts and made an interesting observation.

Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Preserving the Future: A Modest Proposal
Writing Discussion With Cliff Burns — Part I (pt II & III are linked)
Cliff Burns, author of So Dark the Night , is one passionate fellow. His strong views on the publishing industry and dingbat authors may not sit comfortably with many, but they ARE strong views and you should be aware of them and consider them.

Welcome to the e-Fiction Book Club
A site where you can post your work and get public and peer feedback. Useful for author promotion and market place research. Do not use this site for critiques, there are more focused sites for that.

A New World: Scheduling e-Books
Are you undecided about e-books? You are not alone, the publishers are agonising over the decision of releasing e-books at the same time as printed books. After all if you paid $400+ for your kindle, you won’t mind being treated as a second class reader will you?

From Pantser To Plotter: My Problems With Pantsing
From Pantser To Plotter: My Conversion, Part 1
From Pantser To Plotter: My Conversion, Part 2
Kait Nolan, has a very funny style and uses it to great advantage as she explains why the cost from seat of the pants writing has driven her to plotting her work. Part 1, helps to lay out one way of thinking when approaching your plot.

The Downside of Critique Groups
Just as you thought it was safe to step into the water…

Passion Isn’t Everything
This is a very interesting one. An agent who is looking for an excuse to accept a submission. Was Jessica right or wrong? The commentators certainly have their own opinions.

What’s A Book Blog Tour?
Author platform info from the Publetariat. Blog tours are a valuable way to get your message out there in a non-spammy way.

Guest Blog Week: Book Sales Demystified
Eric posts on Nathan Bransfords blog a very good description of the sale process surrounding books. The fact that there are 171 comments at the last count, shows just how good and thought provoking this post is.

43 Helpful and Terrific Blogs for Writers
Some links for you to bookmark. Most of them have featured in the Wash-Up because they produce good content. Noticeably Shack’s C&Gs is missing, looks like I still have to improve.

What Agents Want: The Same Thing, Only Different
What goes on in the mind of an agent? You will need to know if you are going to successfully propose a book to one.

More about the thought process used by agents. This is a longer post than the last and is writen from the thriller writers perspective. I don’t organise these, honest. It is just the way they turn up.

Training Our Inner Editor Part 2 – Writer’s Voice
A recent brilliant find on the net is “The Blood-Red Pencil”s blog. This post on keeping the original voice during editing is a eye opener. Well it was for me.

5 Tips for Developing Your Writer’s Voice
Still on the subject of the writers voice, here is five thoughts from Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, on finding/keeping yours.

It’s Not Just The Big Boys Who Get Hacked
Author’s platforms nowadays include a blog, the more successful you are the more likely it will be that you will get hacked. This post lists the risks and some simple methods of reducing that risk.

Write It! Publish It! Market It!
A Ning community that assists writers get peer reviews, promotion and marketing knowledge for their book.

Guest Blog Week: The Top 7 Things Every Aspiring Author’s Website Must Have
Another brilliant guest post on Nathan Bransford’s blog. This time by Jordan McCollum. Does your blog measure up? Here is a useful check list to use. Only 141 comments this time. jealous? Me?

What to include on author websites
Ok, this time i did pull this up from my personal link list. I wanted you to have as much information available as possible. Tip; don’t forget to bookmark “The Book Publicity Blog”

Amazon: And So It Begins…
Zoe Winters, points out that that wonderful deal is not as wonderful as you first believe. So just who does pocket that other percentage? read to post to find out.

6 Surefire Ways to Promote Your Novel
Sandra Beckwith from Selling Books give you some sound advice. Pay special attention to point 3 and then use your imagination.

Free: It Works, It Cries, It Bites
Giving a free e-book as a guilt teaser into further purchases, seems to have become the instant promotional campaign for authors. So if you are going to embark on this method, then shouldn’t you have all the info? Oh and it’s free, well the Scribd stream is.

Critique groups – when do I join?
Lynn Price has some wise words about critique groups. Basically are you ready to join? And is the group correct for you? Oh why, is nothing ever simple?

Spotify offers free audiobook streams
Another outlet for author promotion? Time to warm up your microphone and switch on your podcasting software.

View from the Bookstore Shelf
Seth Harwood has made it, the Nirvana he sought is at his feet, but as he looks around from this new view, he…

Self-Editing One Step at a Time: Critique Groups Part II
Blood-Red Pencil at it again, this time how to organise a formal critique group, or how to rip each others work to bits and still be friends.

5 Evergreen Editing Tips
Maria Schneider, keeps running into common editing problems that degrade the author’s manuscripts. These five simple polishing tips will help you stand above the rest.



More Writing Lists

Jennifer Roland’s – Writing Roundup, July 17
Each week I am linking to Jennifer Roland’s Roundup, so if you have loads of time or the links here were not of high interest then pop over to her page.

Writer Shout Out July 13th
Angela Neal otherwise known as @SparklyScotty, publishes her Shout Out and NIbby Award every Friday, (Unless she is being harassed by clients). Pop over to Writers Remorse for some good blogs to follow.

Friday Forum: Novel Needs
Jessica Rosen has started a new focused link love forum. Should be good. “Each week, the Friday Forum will focus on a certain subject links to do with writing and/or publishing.”

lunch hour links for writers – week of 7/13/09
Teresa Frohock, shares a little link love on Wednesdays and includes a quick reason with each, as to why you should click on the links. My surprise of the week was when she listed one of my posts.


If you know of other writing link lists please add them in the comments and I will append them to the Sunday Wash-up, for all to benefit from.

Back to the Sunday Wash-UP 12th July

Photo, Pier fountain  cc Liz Noise

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5 comments to Sunday Wash-Up 19th July

  • Thanks for the link Andy!

  • Always a good group of links, Andy. I’m glad you caught the series “From Pantser to Plotter” as I’d missed it completely.

    Thanks for the link to my site as well. Feeling the love…
    Jessica Rosen

  • Wow, this is an impressive list, thank you for taking the time to put this together. Now all I need to do is carve out the time to read it all!

    • Emma, Some posts dig down into other posts and before you know it you are five sites distant and lunch becomes dinner. The trouble is there are so many good sites out there with such brilliant content, that life for us mere mortals is just to short.
      Also sites like Nathan’s, have so many comments on them that just one post is a serious time commitment.

      Anyway glad you like the Wash-Up, now all I have to do is find some way to make it easy to navigate among the wash-ups and then they can become a useful reference for all.